Westport House, Mayo: Castle-like mansions around Ireland. Oh how the other half live.

House prices in Ireland are certainly on the up with the average house prices in County Dublin currently at $571,607. While there’s are still bargains to be found around the country where’s the fun in hunting for the affordable when we can take a gander at how royalty would live in Ireland.

Here are five of the most expensive houses on the market.


Where? 11 Shrewsbury Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

How much? $11,650,000 (€10,500,000)

What? Detached house with eight bedrooms and three bathrooms


- Overall floor area 530 square meters (5,705 square feet)

- Home includes eight bedrooms and six reception rooms

- Downstairs includes a study, two reception rooms, kitchen, family room, utility and laundry room, sun room, guest bathroom

- The gardens include a manicured lawn, flower beds, mature trees, a patio and a swimming pool, tennis courts and a detached home office / garage

- Located close to the villages of Ballsbridge and Donnybrook

About the town:

Shrewsbury Road is the heart of Dublin 4, close to the city center. The road lined with period residents and trees is at the heart the embassy belt.

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Where? Coliemore Road, Dalkey, County Dublin

How much? $11,650,000 (€10,500,000)

What? Detached six-bedroom house with four bathrooms and lodge house with extra accommodation


- Overall floor area 536 square meters (5,769 square feet)

- Victorian castellated mansion with views from Dun Laoghaire to Howth

- Built in 1847 by the renowned Dublin physician Sir Dominic Corrigan, who first diagnosed the heart condition now known as Corrigan's Pulse

- Property has its own private harbor, one of only two in Dublin, and a boat house

- Italianate gardens including statues, Gothic arches and a “secret garden”

- Large decked terrace off the sea-front leads to a lawn terrace and harbor terrace

- The house includes a large reception hall, study, double drawing room, kitchen, conservatory, timber deck, four bedrooms, family room, dressing room, cinema room, home office, various storage and utility rooms and a boiler room.

- Ten miles from the city center

About the town:

House is located on the outskirts of Dalkey town, a heritage town with Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre as a focal point, with the town center within short walking distance where a good selection of restaurants, bars and cafes can be enjoyed. The DART train railway can be accessed in the town, giving access to Dublin city center within about 30 minutes commute.

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Westport House

Where? Westport, County Mayo

How much? $11,099,000 (€10,000,000)

What? Detached house with ten bedrooms and six bathrooms.


- Historic home with views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick

- Situated at the end of a tree-lined avenue.

- House was built in the 18th century and stands as a two story block with nine bay front and two bay wings on either side. The central first floor window is flanked by roundels, below is a rusticated tripartite doorway with a wide pediment extending over the door and flanking the windows, its tympanum contains the arms of the 1st Earl of Altamont

- Property includes front hall, marble staircase, library, drawing room, waiting room, gallery, dining room, morning room, ten bedrooms, three dressing rooms, eight bathrooms, three attic rooms, kitchen, pantry, scullery, servants dining room, wine cellar and guest bathroom.

- House is open to the public and contains many wonderful exhibitions including the waxwork exhibition, the Howe Peter champion of the slaves exhibition, the exhibition of Lady Sligo letters, the Grace O'Malley exhibition, The last 50 years' exhibition and The Article Room to name a few.

About the town:

Westport town is at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of Ireland. The design for the town was commissioned by the John Browne of Westport House as a place for his workers and tenants to live. John Browne cleared the original village of Cahernamart, that had 700 inhabitants, to make way for his gardens at Westport House. Today it has a population of 5,543.

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Where? Shrewsbury Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

How much? $7,776,160 (€7,000,000)

What? Detached house six bedrooms and four bathrooms


- Overall floor area 808 square meters (8,697 square feet)

- Set behind electronic gates

- Built on four floors the modern home includes a six bedroom, a bar and snug, gym, sauna, an elevator, entrance hall,

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Where? Strand Road, Killiney, Co Dublin

How much? $6,665,320 (€6,000,000)

What? Semi-detached house with six bedrooms and five bathrooms


- Overall floor area 436 square meters (4,693 square feet)

- Panoramic sea views of Dalkey Island over Killiney Bay and coast towards Bray Head

- Dating from 1878 the castellated seafront home is located on 1.1 acres of beach fronted grounds including several outbuildings and a tennis court

- Direct access to Killiney beach

- Property includes the main entrance, reception hall, living rooms, balcony, bedrooms and bathrooms, library, family room, gym, kitchen, utility room, bar, dining room, rear deck

- The garden includes 1.1 acres of landscaped with a variety of mature trees, hedging, herbaceous borders, colorful planting and lawn

- Outdoors include a tennis court, a cinema room with a roof terrace, wooden chalet, library with sea vistas.

About the town:

Dunmara is located within close proximity to Killiney Village and the heritage village of Dalkey with their specialty shops, eateries, bijou restaurants and hostelries. There are a variety of nearby recreational amenities including golf, hill walking over Killliney and Dalkey hills, coastal and beach walks and four yacht clubs for the keen sailor.

Finally, the area is well serviced by public transportation with close proximity to the DART at Killiney, the LUAS at Cherrywood and the Aircoach stopping at Fitzpatrick's Hotel. The M50 and N11 motorways offer easy access throughout Dublin city and surrounding areas.

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